The Chicago Cubs wanted to extend their lead in the National League Central and the Oakland Athletics wanted to get back in the second wild card spot in the American League.
With the game tied at two in the seventh-inning, Ian Happ hit the go-ahead solo home run off of Blake Treinen to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. Nicholas Castellanos also had an RBI double in that inning along with a two-run homer by Javier Baez off of Treinen in the seventh and it sparked the Cubs to a 6-5 win over Oakland.
The A’s responded with three runs in the eighth-inning on a two-run homer by Nick Martini off of Steve Chisek. Martini is from the Chicago area and a lot of his family was at the game.
Marcus Semien hit his second home run of the game on a solo shot in the eighth off of Chisek for Oakland.
David Phelps recorded his first save of the season for the Chicago Cubs. He only pitched 0.1 innings.
Castellanos hit a solo home run in the first-inning for Chicago off of Chris Bassitt.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the third-inning for the Oakland Athletics off of Kyle Hendricks.
Javier Baez tied the game at two for the Cubs in the sixth-inning of Chris Bassitt and the rest was history.
Rowan Wick (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Chicago. He pitched 0.2 innings.
Blake Treinen (6-4) was the losing pitcher for Oakland. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Treinen also struck out one batter.
Chris Bassitt was the starting pitcher for the Athletics. He pitched six innings and gave up two hits and two runs. Bassitt also walked two batters and struck out five.
Kyle Hendricks was the starting pitcher for the Cubs. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up only one hit but Hendricks allowed two runs. He also walked two batters and struck out five.
Chicago has extended its lead in the National League Central to 2.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but they are still up four games on the Milwaukee Brewers, who are currently in third place in the division.
Oakland still trails by 0.5 games to the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay would have extended its lead to 1.5 games had they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays at home last night.
The second game of this three-game set between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs will continue on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Brett Anderson (9-7, 4.04 ERA) for Oakland and Jon Lester (9-7, 3.86 ERA) for Chicago.